Floor Maps & Call Number Guides
Call Number Floor A - BF 5 BH - DA 4 DB - LT 3 M - NX 6 P - PF 3 PG - QD 2 QE - Z 1 Periodicals On Display 3
Other Locations in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Amoss Collection 2nd Floor Media Services 6th Floor CLUE Classrooms 3rd Floor Music Collection (including Oversize) 6th Floor Interlibrary Loan Office 1st Floor Oversize (except Music and N call numbers) 2nd Floor Government Docs 5th Floor Rare Books 6th Floor The Latin American Library 4th Floor Research Help Desk 1st Floor Microforms & Newspapers 6th Floor Knowledge Lab 2nd Floor
Other Libraries, Collections, and Locations Amistad Research Center Tilton Hall Matas Health Sciences Library Downtown Campus Architecture Library Richardson Memorial Math Library Gibson Hall Business Library Goldring Woldenberg Offsite Depository Ask at Check-Out Desk Jazz Archive Jones Hall Protective Storage Ask at Check-Out Desk Louisiana Research Collection Jones Hall Southeastern Architectural Archive Jones Hall Law Library Weinmann Hall University Archives Jones Hall Nadine Vorhoff Library Caroline Richardson Bldg
Map and Call Number Guide Information
Library & Building Policies
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a place for learning and scholarly reflection. The library staff and administration strive to provide such a place for all of our users. To this end, library users are asked to follow the policies of the library and the university:
Library Code of Conduct
Late-Night Access PolicyBeginning Monday, January 23, new security turnstiles will be in operation during the evenings at the entrance to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. At 8:00 PM each night, access to the library will be limited to active Tulane affiliates and anyone with a Howard-Tilton Memorial Library borrowing card. Lusher and International High School students will not be allowed in the building after 8:00 PM. A Tulane ID or library borrowing card will be required for entry. At 1:00 AM each night, access to the library will be limited to active Tulane affiliates only. A Tulane ID will be required for entry after 1:00 AM. An officer will be available to assist with any problems, answer questions, and monitor new security cameras installed throughout the library building from a security desk at the entrance.
Frequently Asked Questions about this policy
- Why are these changes taking place?
The Library is one of the busiest and most accessible buildings on campus. While we want to be as welcoming as possible to the entire community, our primary mission is to serve Tulane students and faculty. To do so effectively, we want to create an environment that is as safe as possible without being too restrictive. We believe that limiting access to the building at certain times, coupled with some other safety measures, will help everyone feel more secure when using our facilities.
- What other security measures are in place at the library?
In addition to the entrance changes, we have also installed an increased number of security cameras on every floor. The cameras operate 24/7 and record everything in their lines of sight. They are networked and can be viewed remotely by the Tulane police. We also have a Tulane security officer patrolling the building in the evening hours (in addition to the monitor at the entrance). That officer brings all users down to the first floor after 1:00 AM to help ensure a safer environment. Security is everyone’s concern. If your observe unusual, threatening, or unsettling behavior in the library, please call TUPD (at 504-865-5911) and/or notify library staff on the first floor of the building.
- Does this change affect other Tulane libraries?
No, these changes apply only to Howard-Tilton. Other campus libraries will continue to have their own hours of operation and access policies. See our web site (library.tulane.edu) for further details.
- I am a Tulane student and left my ID in my room. Will you still let me in?
You can still access the library prior to 8:00 PM without any form of ID. After 8:00 PM, if you do not have your Tulane ID, you will need to present a picture ID (such as a driver’s license) to the security guard at the front desk. That guard will then check to verify that you are a current student, and then allow you into the library.
- I have a guest who is not a Tulane affiliate but comes with me to the library. Can they still get in?
If you have a guest that wishes access to the building after 8:00 PM, he/she will need to present a picture ID (such as a driver’s license) to the security guard at the front desk. They will then need to sign in with the guard, who will allow them access to the building.
- Does this mean the building will be open 24/7?
While there are currently no plans to open the building 24/7, this setup would allow us to extend the building’s hours in the future, if circumstances warrant.
- I have been coming in to the library for years even though I am not a Tulane student, staff member, faculty member, or alum. Why can’t I get in now?
Anyone is welcome to continue to use the library prior to 8:00 PM. The building will have open access 12.5 hours a day. Also, no one will be asked to leave the building after 8:00 PM, unless they are in violation of the library code of conduct. Patrons in the building prior to 8:00 PM are welcome to continue to use the building, but if they leave and try to re-enter, they will need to show an ID. We restrict access during the evening and late-night hours to help ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Library Disaster Plan
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library maintains a disaster plan that lays out procedures for several types of emergencies including but not limited to storm events. This copy of the plan is for the general public; it omits some nonpublic information such as alternate contact info for library personnel, equipment lists, etc. For information about university-wide emergency procedures see Tulane’s Emergency Management homepage.
Food & Drink Policy
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is committed to providing a safe, pleasant, and productive environment for all visitors. Research and study sometimes requires snack and beverages, but food and drink can be can be distracting to those not enjoying it. We ask all our visitors to be mindful of others around you while enjoying snacks and beverages. Here are some food and beverage guidelines we ask all visitors to adhere to:
- Alcohol is prohibited in the building.
- Covered beverages are permitted throughout Howard-Tilton Memorial Library with the following exceptions: Special Collections, Rare Books, and the Latin American Library Seminar Room.
Food is permitted throughout Howard-Tilton Memorial Library but be mindful of those around you:
- Food that is crunchy, crinkly, or aromatic can be especially distracting. Enjoy these foods in the student lounge or outside under the oaks.
- Meals with your friends should be enjoyed in the student lounge.
- No food is permitted in Special Collections, Rare Books, and the Latin American Library Seminar Room.
- Throw all your trash and recycling in the bins located throughout the building.
- Report any spills immediately to the Check Out Desk or to the front desk in the Administrative Office.
- Wash your hands after eating to avoid transferring food particles to the furniture, computers, and books in the library.
Your colleagues will thank you and we thank you for adhering to these guidelines.
Library Signage Policy
Signs and flyers for campus events and activities not directly affiliated with H-TML can be posted on the large bulletin board in the student lounge in the basement. All other bulletin boards, including those in the elevator lobbies, are reserved for library affiliated events. No signage should be put in the restrooms, elevators, stair wells, or study areas. Any signage not adhering to this policy is subject to removal. Signage for past events is also subject to removal.
In rare situations, the library may partner with other campus organizations and approve signage that promotes campus-wide resources or services. Organizations will need to work with a library affiliate to submit their request in writing to the Dean’s Office.
Cell Phone Use
Many people come to the library to find a quiet place to read and to study. Please respect others' need for quiet and observe these guidelines for cell phone use in the library. Please turn the ringer sound off on your cell phone before entering the building. Please use a quiet voice when answering your cell phone. The library reserves the right to ask patrons to leave the building if they are using cell phones in restricted areas or disturbing others in any area of the library.
Cell phone use is acceptable in:
- Learning Commons
- Elevator lobbies
- Snack lounge and telephone lobby in the basement
Cell phone use is prohibited in:
- All stack areas
- Reading room areas
- Study and seminar rooms
- Library Instruction Room
- Microforms and Newspapers area
- Music & Media Center
- The Latin American Library
- Service desks
Please see the Computing & Printing services section.
Quiet Study Area
The library should be a place conducive to study, but its space limitations and lack of study rooms often make it difficult to find a quiet spot to study. Therefore the Selley Study Commons in the 3rd floor stacks area of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has been designated as a quiet study area. Cell phone use is prohibited in this area.
Patrons should refrain from talking or working in groups on the 3rd floor. Students who wish to work in groups should use the elevator lobbies, the Learning Commons, the snack lounge in the basement, or the designated group study rooms available in the 1st floor stacks area. Library patrons who fail to abide by the quiet study policy will be asked to leave the 3rd floor reading area.
Patrons whose quiet study is disrupted are strongly encouraged to contact the Check-Out Desk.
Public Access Policy
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a private library with public access whose primary mission is to serve the students, faculty and staff of Tulane University. Recognizing its value to the greater New Orleans community and its unique resources of broader interest, the Library welcomes visitors and special borrowers. Public access to the Library is not extended to visitors as a surrogate for the general use of public or other academic libraries in the New Orleans area, however. Use of the Library by minors below the age of 14 unaccompanied by an adult is not permitted at any time.
Services and privileges addressed in this policy include walk-in workshops, reference or point-of-use instruction, interlibrary loan and document delivery, mediated online searching, requests for in-process materials, requests for on-order materials, and recommendations for item purchases. Levels of service are determined through the reference interview and are described below for the Library's user groups.
Tulane students, faculty, and staff are given priority assistance and are entitled to all services and privileges listed above. Tulane students, faculty and staff affiliated with programs supported by the Tulane libraries of business, law and medicine receive priority assistance and are entitled to all services and privileges except interlibrary loan, document delivery, and mediated online searching. Tulane alumni with alumni borrowing cards are entitled to most services and privileges except interlibrary loan, document delivery, mediated online searching, Microsoft Office and other licensed software, and off-campus access to research databases.
Visitors and Special Borrowers
Visitors and special borrowers are welcome to use the Library's General Collections, the Special Collections in Jones Hall, and the Library's Government Documents Depository. "Special borrowers" are those included with the CALL and LALINC programs, other reciprocal borrowers, and those who have purchased special borrower cards.
All borrowers with Tulane library cards or reciprocal-, alumni-, and special library cards may request in-process and on-order items and may submit recommendations for new purchases.
For use of the General Collections, visitors and special borrowers may expect basic assistance that includes a brief introduction to searching the local catalog and/or another resource most appropriate to the visitor's needs. For use of the unique materials at Special Collections, visitors and special borrowers may expect basic assistance that includes a brief introduction to searching the local catalog, onsite finding aids, and resources most appropriate to the visitor's needs. More in-depth assistance with Special Collections is available by pre-arrangement or as staff time permits.
Visitors and special borrowers served by other local libraries are expected to use their home library for in-depth instruction or detailed help with research topics. Visitors and special borrowers are identified through the initial reference interview employed with each library user who requests in-depth assistance. Instructors at other schools should not refer their students to Howard-Tilton for resources and services available at their own institution.
Lusher High School Students
Tulane has established a long-term commitment to and partnership with the Lusher Charter School. As part of this partnership, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library works with the librarian and teachers at Lusher high school to offer borrowing privileges and other services to Lusher students in grades 9-12. For details, see the Lusher School Students and Teachers guide .
International High School of New Orleans Students
Tulane has established a long-term commitment to and partnership with the International High School of New Orleans. As part of this partnership, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library works with the librarian and teachers at International High School of New Orleans to offer borrowing privileges and other services to International High School of New Orleans students in grades 9-12. For details, see the International High School of New Orleans students and Teachers guide .
Use of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library by pre-college students, except for Lusher and International High students, is not encouraged. The services and resources of the library are designed for study at the undergraduate level and above and are generally not appropriate for pre-college students. Due to limited resources we are not able to offer borrowing privileges, instructional services, or online database access to pre-college students. Therefore we strongly discourage pre-college students from using the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library for research. Pre-college students are encouraged to work with their school’s librarian to determine appropriate local libraries and other sources of information that are available to them.
In cases where pre-college students report they have been sent by their teacher to the Library, the name of the teacher will be obtained and the Dean of Libraries will contact the teacher's school. Unannounced visits by a teacher with a group of pre-college students are not allowed.
Pre-college students are not allowed in the Library during exam periods.
Lost and Found
Please return any personal items you find in the library to the Check-Out Desk. Valuables will immediately be given to the Tulane Police Department (504-865-5381). Lost Tulane University photo IDs are sent to Card Services (504-865-5629).
The library may dispose of all items unclaimed after 30 days.
The Tulane University Libraries follow the principles of borrower confidentiality. The staff in Access Services will not divulge any details of a patron's library record to other patrons or agencies unless required to do by law. The library follows the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association. This requires all libraries to protect the patron's right to confidentiality and privacy when using library material.
Library and Building Policies
Mission, Vision, & Values
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library supports, promotes, and enriches the teaching and research mission of Tulane University. We enable the discovery, dissemination, and preservation of academic information resources. Our spaces bring together students, scholars, and intellectual resources from across all programs to broaden and deepen intellectual life at Tulane. Our staff provide services to assist Tulane community members in discovering resources that inform and inspire their work. With complementary campus partners, we leverage our collections to help spark imaginations, and we steward our resources to ensure the preservation of cultural memory, particularly the unique culture of Tulane and New Orleans in all of its expressions.
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a core institutional asset for Tulane University. Independent from any particular school, we serve as a hub for cross-campus connections at all levels. We bring together learners, scholars, and teachers by offering vital and unique intellectual resources, essential expertise, and welcoming spaces in which to find knowledge and fuel fresh insights and understanding.
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library supports the American Library Association’s Core Values of Librarianship , and embraces the following principles:
Mission, Vision, & Values (Placeholder)
- We are committed to reducing barriers to information and to improving access for our users.
- We strive to offer safe and inclusive spaces that foster an open and accepting learning community.
- We respect a diversity of ideas, perspectives, and modes of inquiry.
- We acknowledge multiple and intersecting identities and strive to reflect that diversity in resources and services that support the entirety of our community.
- We support wellness as it encourages creativity, learning, and academic success.
- We defend the right to privacy and support intellectual freedom.
Give to all of Tulane: Give to the Library
A donation to the Library is a donation to all of Tulane. We serve all students and faculty, uptown and downtown, as well as alumni and the greater New Orleans community. Gifts are essential for the Library to support, promote, and enrich the University’s teaching and research missions. Donations can help us to transform spaces, refresh and expand our services, acquire needed materials, and preserve our rich and unique collections. Your support also enables us to provide training and professional development opportunities for our staff, recognize outstanding student workers, and otherwise invest in the future.
Need a few hints on what to give? Our list of how your contributions can help is located here.
Your donations make a difference in the lives of our students and scholars today and tomorrow. We gratefully welcome financial donations in any amount. You may donate online, by phone at (800) 933-6886, or via mail at:
P.O. Box 61075
New Orleans, LA 70161-9986
If you'd like to make a gift by mail, please complete and send this form with your personal check or credit card information included, to the above address.
Make checks payable to Tulane University. You may note the specific purpose of your gift on the memo line of your check.
Gifts of Materials
We also welcome valuable donations of materials, particularly unique and special collections that enrich our holdings in new ways.
We accept materials in good condition that support Tulane’s current curriculum. Format examples include:
- Hardback and quality paperback books
- Music compact discs, scores and recordings in current formats
- Videos and films in standard DVD format
We regret that we cannot accept:
- Books out of scope for a research library
- Damaged or heavily underlined books
- Commonly collected, incomplete, or short runs of academic journals
- Current newspapers (except on specialized topics)
- Inspirational literature
- Old textbooks (particularly in the sciences)
- Laboratory and repair manuals
- Most artifacts (objects)
All gifts to the library are considered charitable donations and are tax deductible. If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for a non-cash gift, you will need an appraisal. Please note that under IRS rules, the library cannot provide appraisals; donors will need to arrange them separately. Since tax laws change from time to time, we encourage you to seek advice from a knowledgeable tax consultant about current requirements.
Gifts can include bequests made through a will; deferred gifts that provide you or others with a life income and then benefit the library; and outright gifts, such as cash or marketable securities. These major gifts can also add to or create an endowed fund that keeps the principal intact and uses only the income. The library has several endowed funds to which you can contribute; or, we can establish a new endowed fund in your name or the name of someone you wish to memorialize. Tulane's Office of Gift Planning will be happy to discuss such gifts with you. Please contact the Office of Gift Planning by phone at 1-800-999-0181, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at giftplanning.tulane.edu.
Giving to Howard-Tilton
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is located at 7001 Freret Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. The library is near the intersection of Broadway and Freret streets, and a short distance from historic St. Charles Avenue and Audubon Park.
Expanded online option on uptown campus
Daily parking permits can be purchased online at parking.tulane.edu for $5 and printed from anywhere. This is a great option for guests or Tulane affiliates who do not have an annual parking permit but occasionally need to park on the uptown campus.
New pay station in Diboll Garage
For short term parking, we have a new pay station in Diboll that accepts credit cards and cash. Need to park on the uptown campus for the day but didn't buy an online permit and can't make it to the office in the LBC? Choose space 50 on the meter and place your receipt on your dashboard when you park in any unmarked space around campus.
Yes, the same app that you use to park on city streets is coming to the Tulane uptown campus! Look for the signs on our parking meters and in the Claiborne Avenue lot. ParkMobile gives you great flexibility for short term parking on campus. If you don't have the ParkMobile app, you can download it from the Android or Apple App stores.
Freret Bus - The Freret bus stops between Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and Jones Hall.
St. Charles Streetcar - Take the St. Charles streetcar to the Tulane University/Audubon Park stop. Walk through the academic quad between St. Charles Avenue and Freret Street, continue walking under Stern Hall, cross Freret Street at the traffic light crosswalk, turn left. You will pass the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse, then pass Jones Hall (where Special Collections are located), and the library will be the six floor white building.
Driving directions to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Taking Interstate 10 East coming from the west of New OrleansTaking Interstate 10 East coming from the west of New Orleans (i.e. from Baton Rouge or Houston)
- After the exit for Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, you will be nearing the fork of I-10 and I-610, keep right to stay on I-10 E, follow signs for Interstate 10 E/New Orleans Business District.
- Go 1.6 miles.
- Take exit 232 toward Airline Drive/Tulane Avenue/Carrollton Avenue/LA-61.
- Go 0.5 miles.
- Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Carrollton Avenue and merge onto South Carrollton Avenue.
- Go 0.8 miles. (You will go through traffic lights at Palmetto Street/Washington Avenue, Palm Street, Earhart Boulevard and Walmsley Avenue.)
- Turn left onto Fontainebleau Drive.
- Go 0.4 miles.
- Turn right onto Broadway Street.
- Go 1.1 miles. (You will go through traffic lights at South Claiborne Avenue and Willow Street.)
- Turn left onto Freret Street at traffic light.
- Howard-Tilton Memorial Library will be on the left 0.1 miles.
Taking Interstate 10 West coming from the east of New OrleansTaking Interstate 10 West coming from the east of New Orleans (i.e. from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi or Florida)
- After crossing the Industrial Canal high rise bridge and passing the fork for I-610, you will be nearing the fork of I-10 and U.S. 90 Business West. You will pass exits for Elysian Fields Avenue, St. Bernard Avenue, Orleans Avenue, and Canal Street. As you are passing these exits, try to be in the middle lane of the three lanes of I-10.
- Use the left 2 lanes to take the U.S. 90 Business W exit toward Westbank/Claiborne Avenue.
- Keep in the right lane of the two lanes that exit to the left, follow signs for US 90 W/Claiborne Ave and merge onto US-90 W/S Claiborne Avenue.
- Merge onto US-90 W/South Claiborne Avenue.
- Go 1.8 miles. (You will go through several lights – Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Jackson Avenue, Washington Avenue, Toledano Street, Louisiana Avenue, Napoleon Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Nashville Avenue)
- Turn left onto State Street which is the street after Nashville Avenue.
- Go 0.6 miles.
- Turn right onto Freret Street at traffic light.
- Howard-Tilton Memorial Library will be on the right 0.4 miles.
Hours & Calendar
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
- Main Building calendar
- Research Help Desk calendar
- The Latin American Library [Office] calendar
- Microforms & Newspapers calendar
- Media Services calendar
- Rare Books calendar
- Head of Research Services (Special Collections)
- Research Support Librarian (Health Sciences)
- Assessment and User Experience Librarian
- Research Impact Analyst (Health Sciences)
- Catalog and Metadata Management Librarian
- Web Developer II
- Temporary Library Technician (LAL)
- Rare Books Library Associate (Special Collections)
- University Archives Library Associate
All full-time library positions are posted at Jobs at Tulane.
- Student Application - Students interested in employment at the library can fill out the online student application.
- Some library jobs for students are posted on College Central Network.
- Human Resources has additional information about student employment on campus.
Information about Tulane's employee policies, benefits, and working at Tulane may be found on the Human Resources site.
Anti-Discrimination & Equal Opportunity Statements
Tulane is committed to and encourages a diverse and inclusive community that respects and values individual differences. Tulane University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We welcome you to read more: Tulane University Equal Opportunity / Anti-Discrimination Policies
Library Department Documents
The Library Department supports the mission of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and assists the Library Administration by providing a framework for shared governance and advocacy of professional interests.
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library 50th Anniversary
Memories from Students and Alumni
Share your memories of the library at library.tulane.edu/memories!
Sarah, Class of 2016: I was cramming for an exam at 1:30am on a Thursday night when the roof of Howie T broke and flooded the 4th floor. The library staff called all the students still in the library (who were all studying... it was 1:30am on a Thursday) upstairs to save the books from damage. We took off our shoes, formed an assembly line in the puddles, and passed each book person to person until the room was cleared. Most of us were strangers and yet bonded over our heroics that strange night.
Graduate, class of 2015: Pulling all-nighters while studying for music history on the top floor with my fellow music students. We would literally sing (quietly) and talk (quietly) about music/composers for hours and hours and everyone around us would just give us weird looks because we were the most animated group in there. For all the stress those exams put us through, I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Coco, class of 2017: I accidentally got high on cough syrup while studying with my friends in Howie T and I ended up crawling up & down the 4th floor and my friends had to put me in one of those black couches near the elevator to calm me down.
Nina, class of 2018: My two friends and I had a silent disco in a private study room after we had been studying for finals for probably for ten hours. We all clicked play on our headphones to Africa by Toto at the same time and silently danced like there was no tomorrow. But the walls were glass so everyone saw us. It was mad therapeutic and I finished my giant capstone paper about an hour later.
Clare, class of 2012: I remember always rushing from the LBC where I'd take my practice LSATS over to Howie-T to punch in my answers online and see what my score would be. My fondest memory of this was the time I got my highest practice score ever.
Jay class of 2016: I spent countless hours tutoring at the library and loved every single one of them. Thanks for being a huge part of my college experience!
Amber, unknown class: My love for Howie T...from the best student work as an undergrad in Special Collections, to every book I needed the LAL for my M.A., to awesome librarians who gushed over & held my newborn. Best library!
Graduate, class of 2012: When I was a senior, I took a Nazi Cinema class. I couldn't make the screening of Schindler's List, so I had to watch it on the 4th floor. I'd never seen it before. By the end of the movie, I lost my shit. I held myself together, but when I opened my mouth to explain to the poor student worker at the video/media reference desk that I resented being forced to watch a movie like that publicly, I lost my shit again. The poor girl tried to be sympathetic but she had no idea what I'd even been watching or why this student was balling her eyes out in the middle of a library. I pulled it together again, but by the time I got to the elevator, I lost my shit once more, and I just remember the elevator doors taking a small century to close and shield me from the people in 4th floor lobby.. and when they finally closed, I just sank down into the corner and cried hysterically. Thanks Steven Spielberg, and thank you, Howie-T.
Sofia, class of 2015: Thanks Howie T helping me get to med school! I miss the view from the 3rd floor so much!
Marlee, class of 2014: I loved working in the Latin American library. It was my first job and I got to see all kinds of books, even some of the first printed in the Americas. Really miss those days.
Katharine, class of 1990: Loved the secret garden library of the Deep South. It was deep inside the basement during the late 1980’s. Moved to the Law Library, and who knows where it is today? Tastefully, it was a retreat from the soap opera upstairs. Perhaps that special place encouraged my nearly 30 year career in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture industries.
Jessica, class of 2012: Working as a student worker at Howard-Tilton is one of my fondest memories from undergrad. I worked at both the Louisiana Research Collection and the Latin American Library one summer. The library staff were amazing to work with and I gained a deep appreciation for how important the library is to the institution. The library is the heart of the university, where all of the research is done and where students spend their time study, learning, and socializing. The amount of resources Tulane students have access to through the library is amazing. I cherish my time working at the library because I learned so much about how to be a better student and researcher, and also because I learned that librarians are some of the smartest people you will ever meet. And yes, they want you to talk to them! They are there to help you find what you need and they are wealth of knowledge.
David, class of 1975: In the fall of 1972, I was an 18-year-old sophomore who had recently fallen in love with the study of literature and philosophy. One afternoon, I found a study carrel next to a window on the third floor of the library. Late in the day, the September light grew soft and a bit melancholy. It seemed -- it felt as if -- I was the only person on the entire floor. After a while, and with some of the late-afternoon light remaining, I marked my place in the text I was reading and made my way over to the U.C. cafeteria for dinner. It was a perfect afternoon.
Jennifer, class of 2001: I enjoyed working at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library during my time at Tulane. I loved going into the basement to retrieve special collection pieces. The most memorable being the book Sex by Madonna for an art student's thesis.
William, class of 1978: Oddball but... Second semester Organic Chemistry class (Dr. Hamer, spring 1976) we were required to research our selected synthesis reaction at the library. Pretty dry reading, but one time my lab partner & I went directly after our lab to do the research. Our lab required cleaning all glassware with ether, then rinsing in hot water. Being diligent students, we used plenty of ether, which vaporized in the hot water. By the time we got to the library, we were feeling the effects of the ether and got the giggles while reading the chemical literature. We has a great time and actually got it done. Not recommended practice.
Lory, class of 2006: Late one evening (perhaps around 1:00 a.m.) during exam time, I was diligently studying on one of the upper floors at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. All of a sudden, I saw a giant penguin walk through the doors from the elevator bank, holding a sign that read, "-----, I hope you "ICE" your final!" I don't remember -----'s name and did not recognize her. She quickly got up and gave a big hug to the giant penguin who removed its costumed head. I was probably as uplifted as she was to see what her friend did to lift her spirits during a stressful time.
Tony, class of 1972: I was a freshman at Tulane in the fall of 1968 (50 years ago), and part of my financial aid package included on-campus work, which happened to be at the new library building. I worked mostly in the reserved book room, which at the time was on the bottom level as I recall. Working there was very quiet and I was able to get some studying done between checking out books, returning books to their proper location, and other misc. duties. I think I worked there about15 hours a week. It's really hard to believe it's been 50 years since then and I'm now 68 and retired from a long career in manufacturing management. Maybe I can get back to campus someday to reminisce some more. To all current students: life travels very fast, so make the most of it. Thanks for the memories, Tulane!
Charles, class of 1986: In 1985 I participated and helped lead a sit in to protest the planned cuts to service hours. In the age before the internet, the only information for studies was in the form of physical books stored in a library!
Robert, class of 1976: I came to Tulane from Brasil in 1972 and graduated in 1976 A&S with a double major in Economics and Latin American Studies. In those days we did not have access to news from home via cable tv or internet. The Latin American Library (LAL) had subscriptions to the newspapers and magazines from all over Latin America. So this became the Latin American students go to place to catch up on news from back home. Many of us met each other at LAL as we would see the magazine or newspaper being read and asked the fellow student where they were from and what was the news from their country. So not only were we meeting new friends, we were also learning about the current events and history of the region. The LAL is still my main connection to Tulane as I have maintained a direct relation with their staff over the years. The first time I donated to Tulane was for the Marjorie Ledoux Memorial Fund, she was the head of LAL when I was a student, and helped me prepare for tests and paper research projects. When I retired in 2008 and returned to New Orleans, I became a volunteer with various organizations, focusing on the historical and cultural relation between New Orleans and Latin America. The present LAL Director, Hortensia Calvo, helped me figure how to channel my efforts when I returned. And periodically I still use LAL for my research. And, of course, I can still go by and read articles from newspapers or magazines from Latin America!
Graduate, class of 1988: While it’s been years since my 1988 graduation, I have so many memories at the library. I believe it was the 4th floor, the social floor, where I spent the most time. We really did study there, had group study sessions there, researched books for term papers there, but when the studying done it was off to the Boot or other local hangouts straight from the library. My favorite memory is during senior year when my best friend and I were obsessed with REM and wanted to learn every word to the song “It’s the End of the World” and spent the better part of an afternoon at the library writing out the lyrics and memorizing the song. To this day whenever I hear that song I think of that day at Howard-Tilton library and get a big smile on my face while singing every word!
Angelique, class of 2001: Through volunteering with CACTUS on campus, I became a tutor to help struggling high school students around the area. Some were struggling in school, but many had dropped out and wanted assistance to prepare for the GED. We used the downstairs study rooms for those tutoring sessions. The library was ideally located on Freret, making bus travel for our students possible, many of them without any other means of transportation. As a volunteer at Tulane, I was just looking to get involved and help, but looking back as an adult, I realize we were changing the trajectory of our students' lives and really making a difference. It wasn't just my tutoring that made that impact, but the other students at CACTUS, Tulane for supporting our efforts, and the free use of a great facility: HTML, that really changed those lives. Thanks, HTML, for being the home for the late night study sessions for me and my fellow students that have afforded me the successful life I live now and the love of learning I continue to enjoy. But you also gave me an opportunity to improve the life of another. Thank you.
Kathryn, class of 2011: I have many memories from Howie-T, as we called it. My friends and I would study on the first floor so we could study AND chat, goof-off, share silly internet videos, etc. We were very excited about the rolling furniture on the first floor, we would move it into little study circles, big or small depending on who all was in studying any given night. I usually would go in to start studying around 8-9 p.m. and closed the library down many times, especially around finals. I always had mixed feelings of horror and accomplishment when the final warning would come over the loudspeaker announcing that the library was closing and everyone had to leave.
Carla, class of 1965: I met my first husband at the library. I used to go there to study every night. One night, I noticed him come in and sit at a nearby table. After that he was also there every night, and it wasn’t long before he started sitting next to me. We never discussed meeting at the library; we just did. I was a sophomore and he was a freshman, so we began fixing each other up – him with my freshman sorority sisters and me with his older fraternity brothers. Then he began walking me back to my dorm every night, and soon we always stopped for an ice cream cone on the way. It wasn’t long before we stopped fixing each other up and started dating. We saw each other every weekday night at the library and went out every weekend night. My funniest memory of the library is one night when he stopped the elevator between floors so he could kiss me. We got married two years after college and divorced about ten years later. I have fond memories of our time at the library.
Leah, class of 2007: I was a student worker at Howard-Tilton and I loved my Saturday shifts re-shelving books. The library was quiet and still in the early morning and I discovered so many new books working in the stacks.
Diana, class of 1994: Howard-Tilton is where I would go to find a quiet spot on campus to study after picking a cup of coffee at PJ's in the Pocket Park. Because of those quiet spaces in the library, my grades improved as an upperclassman. I used to make phone calls from the pay phones in the basement back when cell phones did not exist. During my 20th reunion at Tulane in 2014, I enjoyed walking along the shelves of books and seeing some of the old furniture and books.
Melissa, class of 2017: Collectively, all of the hours I spent with Howie T. helped me get into veterinary school...so thank you Howie T. for helping me reach my life-long dream!
Amelia, class of 2010: My husband and I met at the Latin American Library's book sale in 2008!
Graduate, class of 2014: I remember spending so much time here when I didn't have class with my friend and this is how we became closer she is now my bestfriend.
Graduate, class of 2012: I spent a lot of time in Howie-T as a student. Working on the computers when my laptop died, looking up books and writing notecards, living in fear of the frankly dangerous elevators (what building has elevators that keep moving after the doors open???), it was a big part of my tulane experience. Happy Birthday, Howie-T!
Student, class of 2021: At first I was intimidated by the library, second semester I finally tried it out. Now, I have my same spot on my favorite floor where I spend hours with my friends as we study. Thank you Howie T.
Student, class of 2019: During finals last year my friends and I took over a desk on the first floor of the library. We sat there for two weeks straight studying and sharing silly stories.
Tim, class of 2017: I got my first library job at Howie T and it completely changed my career path in life (I learned how cool and important libraries can be, so thanks Howie!). I’ll also never forget my special spot on the fourth floor that overlooked the city and all the laughing/crying/studying I did with friends there!
Sarah, class of 2016: In 2013 when the new top floor of the library was under construction, a huge NOLA-sized thunderstorm descended on the library in the early hours of the morning and water started leaking through the roof. All Tulane students in the library at that late hour were desperately cramming for tests or writing mid-term papers. But when the call came over the speaker that "all hands were needed" on the top floor of the library to save the books from incoming rainwater, just about every soul in the building heeded the call. When we got to the top floor, there was already a foot of water on the floor, and everyone was completely drenched. We all waded in and made a human chain to pass piles of thousands of books to dry safety. I don't know how many tests were failed or papers were turned in late the next morning, but it was well worth it to save our beloved Howie T!
HTML Student employee in Interlibrary Loan, class of 2017: I got my first job working in Howard-Tilton and the women I worked with helped shape me to be a better student, Annie Leonard-Kemp was an amazing support system and a woman that made sure I was never too stressed out and that my work would get done.
Amber, class of 2016: While cramming all night for exams, I took a nap in a blanket fort I made in between bookshelves.
Ian, class of 2000: It was always a treat to visit the Hogan Jazz Archive on a break from studying, there was such a trove of treasures down there!
Roberto, class of 2015: It was my first year as a grad. Student in 2008 and I guess I was already exhausted from the work because before I knew it I was asleep. When I woke up, the library was closed and I had to call TUPD to open the building for me. Its not uncommon for grad. students to be library rats but getting locked in takes us one step further.
Alice, class of 2002: The higher you went in the building, the more serious the studying. If I was "social studying" I would stop on the second floor. If it was crunch time "serious studying" I would climb to the Latin American Library on the 4th floor, where it was quieter and I preferred the art on the walls. I remember old-school vending in the basement where you could still buy an actual cup of coffee from a machine. A great procrastination and caffeination station.
Sejal, class of 2019: A friend and I were studying for our Univariate Statistics class on a Saturday night in the basement of Howie T. Both of us were sophomores and had just started going to the library for the first time that semester and as a result, we had no idea that the library closed early on the weekends. We ordered pizza and continued studying until maybe 2:15am, when we finally decided to head back to our respective dorms and sleep. As we got onto the first floor of the library, we were amazed, as we could see no one else in the library... [we] tried to leave the library. The doors were locked! Luckily, we had a close friend who was an RA, so we ended up calling him to ask for advice and he told us to call TUPD. We called them and within 10 minutes, a single police officer showed up to pry the doors open for us. We were laughing so hard with the cop that we ended up taking a picture with him in front of the library once we were freed, in hopes that we could send it to our Univariate Statistics professor and get some extra credit. Unfortunately, our professor loved the picture, but didn't give us extra credit and in the end, it was a hilarious experience that I'll never forget. Love you, Howie T!!
Student, class of 2020: When I took a creative writing class freshman year, I used to go up to the semi-secret 6th floor couches to write my poetry. There were often people taking naps or just relaxing on the comfy chairs, with the New Orleans skyline as a back-drop. I always felt inspired by the peaceful little nook, a sanctuary from all the stress that people felt cramming for tests and writing last-minute papers in the cubicles throughout the rest of the library. Even though I'm not doing as much writing these days, I still love to go up there and read a book when I have the time.
Bryn, class of 2017: I went to make a call in the back staircase closest to Freret St (this was when it was all under construction, if that explains anything) and when I went to return to my desk, all the doors were locked. On. Every. Floor. This was a Friday night at around 10pm. No one was near the doors so my banging went unheard. I had to call my friends and wait over an hour before anyone could come by and let me out.
Student, class of 2021: One of my first weeks here at Tulane I attended a silent disco at the library. Not only was it a fun activity to do with my new friends, but it also helped me get to know the library and the staff in an unintimidating way so that when it came time to study there I knew my way around.
Student, class of 2020: I fell asleep in the library, laying head down on a desk. I woke up several hours later, and packet my bag to go home. Little did I know that I had slept right on my notes, and some of the words had transferred to my forehead. I went downstairs and a guy I used to like said hi, then laughed and went “nice demand curve”. I only realized when I got home, and kicked myself for a whole week.
Bryn, class of 2017: I had a really big crush on a pre-med kid who had a certain spot he always liked to study in on the 3rd floor. I decided to become an academic that semester so I could “accidentally” bump into him there, and ended up with a 4.0 but no boyfriend.
Student, class of 2020: Howie T has been an integral part of my college experience. When my life gets busy and I can’t invest time in planned outings with my friends, i can always rely on Howie T to provide a space for my friends and I to have a fun and productive study experience. I love when we take breaks hanging in the basement or by Pjs! I have truly developed my friendship and made several inside jokes at Howie T. Thanks for all you do make the [library] a valuable place to have.
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